| Feb 18, 2013
| 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Obama and Democrats want more jobs. So do Republicans. Heck, everyone does. Yet, job creation is weak. It's true that the economy has generated 5.5 million jobs from its low point. Still, there are 3.2 million fewer jobs now than...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 9:46 AM
WASHINGTON -- How big is the national debt?
You'd think this would be an easy question. Surely we know how much the government owes. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. The true national debt could be triple the conventional estimate, anywhere from $11...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 7:51 PM
The U.S. economy is improving, yet Congress seems still to be in the grip of the delirium that shrinking the deficit in the near term is still a matter of paramount urgency.
That's what's prevented lawmakers from dealing with their real task, which is...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 9:03 AM
WASHINGTON -- The American Century is dead. Long live the next American Century.
The subtext of political debate these days is that the United States is in decline -- a proposition often portrayed as self-evident. The economy lacks dynamism;...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 8:15 AM
At this stage in the U.S. recovery, there isn't much that fiscal policy can do to accelerate growth. Some argue that we need another tax cut, while others would prefer increased spending.
Neither is going to happen on a significant scale. Radical...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 9:39 AM
WASHINGTON -- An insistent question of our time is how much government debt is too much. Is there some debt level that becomes crushing as opposed to merely costly? The controversy over research by economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff shows how...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 10:59 AM
WASHINGTON -- There is something profoundly timid about President Obama's proposed $3.778 trillion budget for 2014. Stripped of boasts about "investments" for the future and a responsible "balance" between deficit reduction and economic growth, the budget...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 10:32 AM
France approves the European treaty to limit public spending, a key element in Europe's strategy to combat its debt crisis. Critics say that it will enshrine austerity into French law....
| Oct 2, 2012
| 4:32 PM
With the economy the likely focus of Wednesday night’s first debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney, I invited veteran reporter Scott Reeder (right), the journalist in residence at the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 8:22 AM
The total economic output of Metro Orlando grew by 3 percent in 2012, according to federal officials, rising to $92.6 billion.
The local growth rate was better than the national rate of 2.5 percent and much stronger than 2011's growth rate of 1.8...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 7:48 PM
TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The euro raced to a near six-week high against the dollar and scaled a fresh five-year peak versus the yen on Monday after strong U.S. payrolls data boosted risk appetite despite threats of a possible reduction in the U.S....